Shola Ameobi was celebrating this week after receiving a call-up to the provisional World Cup squad for Nigeria. Meanwhile, in Canada, his little brother was also in good spirits … and with good reason.
Tomi Ameobi had an unremarkable career in England. He was at Newcastle United until 2005 before joining the youth set-up at Leeds United and eventually making a handful of appearances. He also had brief spells at Scunthorpe United, Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town and Mansfield Town before dropping into non-league football with Forest Green and Whitley Bay.
He left England in 2011 and went to play in Iceland and Finland before heading to Canada in March - signing with NASL team FC Edmonton.
And this week he has helped them create a little bit of history.
Edmonton are coached by former Hamilton and Dunfermline defender Colin Miller and have ex-Manchester United starlet Ritchie Jones on their books. But they have struggled to get going this season. They are currently bottom of the lower tier NASL competition and have never beaten a MLS team in their four year history.
Until this week.
Edmonton took on Montreal Impact in the Canadian Championship semi-final first-leg recently - and won 2-1 against the MLS side.
Ameobi scored their first goal of the night, cancelling out Joe McInerney’s opener, before a defensive mistake allowed Mike Nonni in to win a memorable and historic game.
great win tonight against montreal of the MLS.. the whole squad, staff and fans played a part congratulations #FCE— Ritchie jones (@Ritchie8Jones) May 8, 2014
It may not have worked for Tomi in England - but at least he has wrote his name into a little bit of history in Canada.